Comic 307 - Check the front door

Posted on 31st Aug 2017, 11:53 PM in Unfathomable Hate
Check the front door

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Morgenstern 31st Aug 2017, 11:53 PM edit delete
You have the rat go and look at the front door.

It hasn't been visibly tampered with, and you definitely remember locking it. The mystery person may have picked the lock. It's a pretty normal lock, and there's plenty of ways to get past them. Though, if they did so without leaving any evidence, they're either very good, or have special equipment.

You have the rat return to your parents' old bedroom, and hide. The person continues to look around... cautiously, but thoroughly. They seem to be searching for something.


rufiangel 1st Sep 2017, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm, searching for something, huh... I wonder if there's a way for us to briefly check if the black car outside has anyone waiting in it, without going right in front of the thing? XD; Guess we can bring it up to the other occupants of our car, just for their info. Feels like we won't be able to get more hints on what this lady wants without hearing her talk, or until she actually finds what she's looking for?

By the way MM, just want to check Caius's syncable skills. Would it be reasonable to guess he might have better hand-to-hand combat skills compared to Michelle, but not as good weapon handling due to his cage-fighter days? (lol) And basically have some know-how in cage-fighting, however useful that may ever be to us in the future XD as well as insider information (to an extent) on what's going on in Club Elegance, or Shirai. Reasonable guesses?
Morgenstern 1st Sep 2017, 12:15 AM edit delete reply
Yup. Caius is the better melee fighter, and knows holds/locks/actual martial arts, but very little about guns and police stuff (outside of maybe how to avoid/deal with police). In addition to Caius having picked up a lot about sleazy business via Elegance, Shirai and Row, he also knows a bit about advertising/merchandise/business in general thanks to the cage fighter stuff. He wasn't just loaded with fightgood--he was loaded up with knowledge about how to negotiate a contract, present himself to an audience, stuff like that. Not 100% useful, but weirder things have been relevant in this series.
AlphaDragon 1st Sep 2017, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
@Morgenstern "Weirder things have been relevant"... that's hilarious.
Mochi 1st Sep 2017, 4:15 AM edit delete reply
the self-presentation skills could be useful in that he's probably pretty decent at acting somewhat convincingly. we could have him go up to the house and poke around and claim he's looking for a friend of a friend who used to live around there that hasn't been seen in a while, see what that gets us. though, if this person's been queened, or is just generally dirty, he might be recognized… hmm. hmmmmm…

i thought of giving him some sunglasses but weirdly enough that might actually make him more recognizable... lol.
Mochi 1st Sep 2017, 4:46 AM edit delete reply
or i guess we could call the house. presumably it has a telephone. the lady might pick it up and talk. again we might as well see if caius would do it, since he's really the least recognizable. or we could get finch to, he could make up a story about calling for some doctor-y thing like scheduling an appointment or something.
Kitty 1st Sep 2017, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
Ooh, I like the idea of calling the home phone.
WalkerOfSorrow 1st Sep 2017, 12:32 AM edit delete reply
Or...they used a mutation like telekinesis to unlock the door like they had a key. I'm always on the alert for third options.

I bet you 50 Bloodbucks this person is looking for the vent down into Mom's Red. If so, they need to be stopped. If not, they're not equipped to take anything much. No sack, no backpack, no wheelbarrow, no nothing. So whatever they're looking for, they're either a) taking it in hand or pocket, b) having it loaded up, or c) coming back with additional gear and/or people.

Might also be they're looking for a person, or something else non-item based.
5007-574in3d 1st Sep 2017, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Mom's Red is the size of a room and insists it can protect itself. We need to stop this person from finding it not because we need to worry about the Red, we need to worry about what the Red will do to this intruder.
Kitty 1st Sep 2017, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
Can we tell if this person seems to be under the effects of Save the Queen, or of any other drugs? Do they smell like drugs to our rat's nose, or do they have any sort of scent that might give us clues about where they're from or what they do? Anything about how they walk and move that tells us anything?
tor 1st Sep 2017, 4:13 AM edit delete reply
Do any of use recognize the person? Is she armed with a gun or something? Does she have anything recognizable like a police badge?
Mochi 1st Sep 2017, 4:18 AM edit delete reply
she has a handgun holstered at her waist, it was mentioned last page. so, she is armed. not sure about the other stuff though.
tor 1st Sep 2017, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
Missed and update sorry. Maybe Jane could come in while keeping an eye on her with the rat so see her reaction and maybe take either Michelle or Caius for help or she could use her still probably bloodied bed sheets to get the drop on her.
rufiangel 1st Sep 2017, 4:23 AM edit delete reply
Had a spot of free time waiting for something to upload, so I updated the fan data page with like, character skills and also finally added 'TH-?' to the Plottery section (I was putting it off from pure laziness despite its huge importance lol) and also a bit more info on Club Elegance. (Huge love to Mochi for keeping this thing up to date <3 :D)
Mochi 1st Sep 2017, 4:30 AM edit delete reply
=w= <3 i try
Crestlinger 1st Sep 2017, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
Time for that police badge to be put to use. Send Caius in with it and a cover about a neighbor's reports of a suspicious car sitting outside.
Mochi 1st Sep 2017, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
not a bad idea. caius isn't exactly dressed in anything remotely official-looking but he could probably pass as a cop. fuse believed jane was a cop when they first met.
AlphaDragon 1st Sep 2017, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
I don't think she is looking for mom's red... I could be wrong, but the lack of anything to carry it with seems to indicate not. If all she wanted was a blood sample she could get that from the bed.
...My head keeps coming back to the USB drive. If they had the video from the hospital they must know that we took it. It's small enough to fit in a pocket.

Of course, maybe she is queened and just trying to kill us. Always an option, but not very plot advancing.
AlphaDragon 1st Sep 2017, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
@Ruffi @Mochi ...Hey guys, was reviewing the fan page. Do you think Waldo new the door was electrified? If so, did he willingly go into it to escape control instead of mentioning it? (Just thinking of Tiger girl)
rufiangel 1st Sep 2017, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
You know Alpha, that did occur to me even before Tiger-mask appeared; I wondered if Waldo actually knew! But then he also threw up at the sight of the bartender chunks so, uh, I'm not sure if he really had the stomach for killing himself. :'D It's hard to say based on what MM told us. But it's entirely possible he didn't say anything to stop the event from happening because he wanted to escape control like Tiger-mask. u_u
Mochi 1st Sep 2017, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
it did also cross my mind, yeah… it's entirely possible that he knew about the door. it's also possible he didn't, though. the electricity to it might have switched on as a security measure when the shield generator was turned on, since it was in that room. we'll probably never know for sure.
rufiangel 1st Sep 2017, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
Fanart scene rendition of the hug Jane gave Michelle right before we saved Caius, and Jane tells her it's alright:


She was wiping tears from her eyes so this scene really struck me as a rare moment of weakness from Michelle. She also has tears in her eyes when she was nearly forced to kill Jane. Michelle, you sweetheart, we gotchu. <3
AlphaDragon 1st Sep 2017, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
Awesome job Rufi.
Dragon_ANGL 1st Sep 2017, 1:15 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for another wonderful piece of art! And we can also see Michelle's awkward blushing, keeps the Michelle x Jane ship going!